24 April. Fr Frazer Mascarenhas SJ, principal of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, sent an email to his students to vote judiciously, and not get carried away by the hype and hoopla of the fake “Gujarat Development Model” which actually does not exist. He also urged the Xavierties to vote for an “inclusive growth” commitment.
Many saffron-buffs of modi and his sangh parivar as well as current and former Xavierites retorted (the media exaggeration would suggest ALL; but only a few!) saying it is unfair, that Xavier’s has never been a political entity, but the current principal is being political suggesting Congress and criticising Modi, etc.
But why have all these “fairness” soldiers woken up all of a sudden? When hundreds of educational and religious institutions owing their allegiance to modi and saffron ideology (but receiving grants from tax-payers’ money), all these “Xavierites” and “secular” minded people never raised their voice. See the link below for evidence – even Ravi Shankar, the Art of Living guru, canvasses outright for modi and for firebrand Hindutva! Openly! Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is full over saffron all over. The embracing Mata Amrithanandamayi canvasses openly for modi and hard core hindutva. Then why such karkasha-noise about an innocuous email sent by an ordinary Jesuit? The email does not criticise modi or hindutva; nor does it say don’t vote for him or vote for somebody else! It only asks to exercise their franchise for value-based politics!
Hypocrisy at its best? Even from the alumni of the famed St Xavier’s College? That’s unfair. St Xavier’s should produce/train more responsible, more fair and more balanced and more reflective citizens.